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Grandson of Jimmy Carter dies in Georgia

PEACHTREE CITY, Georgia -- The grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, has died near Atlanta.

Fayette County Coroner C.J. Mowell Jr. told The Associated Press on Monday that his office is still investigating the death. Mowell said the cause of death is not yet known, and the state medical examiner's office is assisting in the investigation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported reported that Jimmy Carter announced the death Sunday to the congregation of the former president's hometown church in Plains. The newspaper says Carter told parishioners his 28-year-old grandson hadn't been feeling well Saturday and went to take a nap at his family's home in Peachtree City before he died.

Mowell said he was notified of the death early Sunday.

Jeremy Carter is the son of Annette and Jeff Carter, who is Jimmy Carter's youngest son.

In 2005, Jeremy Carter, then 18, was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, three years of probation and ordered to undergo drug counseling following his arrest in a Peachtree City home break-in. Police said he was caught inside the home of a former friend taking a video game console. Authorities found less than an ounce of marijuana in a plastic bag in his shoe and smelled alcohol on his breath, The Associated Press reported at the time. Carter had originally been charged with burglary, which could have resulted in a prison sentence, but that was reduced to a misdemeanor theft charge as the result of a plea agreement, the AP reported.

Peachtree City is about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Earlier this month, Jimmy Carter said that he has responded well to months of cancer treatment, and his latest scan did not detect the disease.

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